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Submission + - Fuck beta 1

An anonymous reader writes: The beta is bad. It's so bad. The comments are reduced in screen width about 50%. Subject lines are deemphasized, scores are minimized, etc.

The discussions are the reason to come to Slashdot, and the beta trivializes them entirely. It looks like the comment section on a generic news site.

The comments now look like an afterthought, whereas they used to be the primary focus of the site.

New Hardware Models Highlight Nintendo's No-Transfer Policy 116

An article at Wired discusses the difficulties involved in transferring games that were purchased and downloaded online when users replace their Wii or DSi. "Neither the Wii nor Nintendo’s portable DSi consoles have an upgrade path for downloadable content, since games are tied not to user accounts but to specific machines. It’s impossible for a user to copy content from an old console to a new one. Even some Wii owners whose machines have malfunctioned said it was difficult, or impossible, to get Nintendo to transfer the software licenses at its headquarters." One gamer, who bought the recently released black Wii console, explained that she got Nintendo to transfer her games, but needed to "mail both of her Wii consoles to Nintendo, and wait two weeks," hardly a convenient solution.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Are software time bombs ethical?

marlobello writes: I opened up Intuit Quicken 2007 the other day to do my weekly finances and received a notice that an update was available for the program. As I usually do, I agreed to install the update trusting that Intuit was looking out for me and my purchased software. I was also given a notice that as of 30 April, 2010 Quicken 2007 would no longer be able to download transactions from any financial institutions, because Intuit only supports the current version and two previous version (which is now 2010, 2009, and 2008). It advised me to update to Quicken 2010.

I know for a fact that not EVERY financial institution in the world is making a change on 30 April, and it soon dawned on my that the latest Quicken update installed a malicious time bomb which will hobble the software on that date. Downloading transactions is arguably THE primary function of the Quicken software (it certainly is for me). I equate it with if Microsoft were to update Office 2000 so that it could read, but not write office documents.

Now then, I know that technology moves forward and things change (such as Inuit abandoning the QIF file format for the newer and better QFX format — which prompted my move from Quicken 2005 to Quicken 2007). But it seems wrong to me that seemingly without warning a software company can maliciously disable the primary function a piece of working, legally purchased software for the SOLE purpose of boosting the sales of a newer version.

So the questions are: Is it ethical (I think already know the answer to that)? Is it legal? If it isn't legal, what can be done to correct this injustice (for me and all Quicken 2007 users) and set a precedent in the software industry?

The saddest part of it all is that I have been toying with the idea of moving to for sometime, but since Intuit has purchased Mint, I'd still be conforming to Intuits will, because they will begin receiving ad revenue from my move off from Quicken 2007.

Submission + - Weather Today (

weathertoday writes: Extreme weather conditions, an increase in energy demand and an aging power infrastructure mean that UK businesses should be prepared for a less reliable power supply, harmful spikes and potential blackouts, warns Peter Bentley, sales director at Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd.

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